Page Turners is an annual, themed, book award for teenagers and young adults in the South East of England.
Launched in 2006 we now have over fifteen secondary schools who participate.
Together we represent over 10,000 students and have almost 400 young people in our respective book groups. Each year we choose a different theme for the awards before picking our 10 shortlisted books.
Through peer recommendation, we want to encourage young people to read books which they might not otherwise pick.
We aim to create an exciting, themed shortlist every year with a range of titles and genres catering for all ages and tastes.
In summer 2020 we relaunched the award as the Page Turners Book Award, replacing the South East Schools Themed Book Award with a new name for a new decade.
Our reading cycle starts in September and culminates in an awards gala evening, with guest authors, in March each year, hosted at Kent College, Pembury, where our winning books are revealed live.

The Page Turners Schools

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School is an all ability co-educational academy in Tunbridge Wells which caters for students from age 11 to 18. We are a Church of England School, academically highly successful, and we also set great store by the development of character and values.
Bethany School is a leading independent co-educational day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 11-18. We encourage each and every child to think critically, question incisively and solve problems with growing independence. They are guided in their endeavours by teachers who are experts in their respective fields, and who are committed to delivering the very highest standard of learning across a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum.
Cranbrook School is a selective state boarding school comprising two thirds local day students and one third boarders. One of the school’s learning priorities is the promotion of reading for pleasure and students have participated in the South East Schools Themed Book Award since its inception in 2006.
Kent College Pembury is an independent day and boarding school from 3 to 18 years. In the Senior School and Sixth Form we provide a single-sex environment for girls from 11 to 18 years. Our ethos of kindness, community and inclusive nurturing, alongside excellent teaching and learning, a flexible curriculum and fantastic facilities is the key to success for our pupils. The potential and promise of every individual will be unlocked at Kent College.
Knole Academy in Sevenoaks, Kent is an all-ability co-educational school with grammar stream and International Baccalaureate candidate school. Knole Academy is committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning to ensure that all students fulfil their potential, in the taught curriculum and in extra and co-curricular activities.
Leigh Academy Tonbridge is building on the strengths of our legacy school, Hayesbrook Academy, we will always be an institution that values and nurtures every young person in our care. Our small school model means that every child will be known, cared for and challenged to succeed.
Mascalls Academy is a mixed comprehensive academy that provides an excellent all-round education in a friendly and supportive environment.
We are a dynamic, forward thinking academy which aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face after school and enable them to acquire life skills, self-awareness and compassion. We want our students to not only make the most of their abilities, but also to become adults who can make a valuable contribution to society over the course of their adult lives.
Radnor House Sevenoaks is an outstanding co-educational independent day school from Nursery to Sixth Form.
Through our values and personalised approach, your children will develop an intellectual, moral, social, physical, and spiritual robustness that allows them to become active and responsible young adults equipped to thrive in the world of tomorrow.
The Skinners’ Kent Academy is an all-ability Academy located in Tunbridge Wells. It is built on a foundation of high standards and aspirations, where every student is supported and encouraged to reach their full potential. Its innovative and internationally-focused curriculum makes learning exciting and engaging, and is taught by dedicated teachers who not only have a passion for teaching, but also for staying current in their fields of expertise.
Tunbridge Wells Girls’ Grammar School is a selective girls’ school with over 1000 pupils. Forward-looking but embracing traditional values we aim to provide pupils with a full and balanced education for life within a caring environment. Our Library is at the forefront of our ‘reading for pleasure’ drives and four different book groups thrive throughout the year.
Tonbridge Grammar School is a high achieving selective grammar school with academy status, educating girls between the ages of 11 and 16 and girls and boys in the Sixth Form. Through blending the best of a traditional curriculum with the principles and ethos of the IB Organisation, our students have opportunities to learn in breadth and depth in order to develop as well-balanced individuals.
Trinity School in Sevenoaks is an all-ability co-educational Christian School for 11-18 year olds. Every child is encouraged and nurtured to develop to their full potential within Trinity School’s 5 key elements – Truth, Excellence, Love, Leadership and Service.
Weald of Kent is a girls' grammar school with a co-ed Sixth Form, based in Tonbridge with a second campus in Sevenoaks. Our ethos focusses on developing the whole student with an emphasis on our core values of curiosity, courage and compassion. We have been part of Page Turners since it began in 2006 and are now proud to host the Gala event at our Tonbridge campus.

Why don’t you join in the fun too?

We would love to welcome other South East secondary schools to our book award!
Pooling our ideas, experience, resources and enthusiasm is a great way to introduce reading for pleasure activities into your school
or take them to the next level.
Click here to contact us if you would like to find out more about how to join in the fun.